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General Information
LocationEastern Eriador, north of the Trollshaws
DescriptionMountainous region infested with Trolls
RegionsAngmar, Arnor
InhabitantsTrolls, possibly Orcs
GalleryImages of Ettenmoors

The Ettenmoors were a mountainous, wild, and untamed land that lay north of Rivendell. It was here that the Witch-king of Angmar fled after his defeat in the Battle of Fornost.[1]

Also called the troll-fells,[2] the region was likely infested with Trolls.

It is speculated that Mount Gram, from where a host of Orcs attacked the Shire, was located in the Ettenmoors.[3]



The name Ettenmoors consists of etten (derived from Old English eōten "giant, troll") and moor ("high barren land").[4]

The name Ettenmoors is similar to the land of Ettinsmoor of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

"Fells" translates to hills or moorland, thus "troll-fells" were hills in which trolls lived.[4]

The first instance of troll-fells was devoid of a dash and was capitalized, "Trollfells": J.R.R. Tolkien wrote on a map: "Alter Entish Lands to [Trollfells > Bergrisland >] Ettenmoor". This is also the first mention of Ettenmoor(s) in the legendarium.[5]

Portrayal in Adaptations

Map of the Ettenmoors from The Lord of the Rings Online

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Ettenmoors is the region where player vs player play takes place. The land has three keeps (Lugazag, Tirith Rhaw and Tol Ascarnen), Isendeep Mine and Grimwood Lumber Camp that can be controlled by either the forces of Angmar or the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.

See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
  3. Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, pages 75, 80
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 183
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", p. 306